Tahrir Square erupts after Mubarak verdict (photo)
June 3, 2012
Pro-democracy protesters called for another revolution today after packing into Tahrir Square last night following the verdict that Hosni Mubarak’s two sons would be acquitted of all charges and set free. His senior policemen were also found innocent on corruption charges.
Although Hosni Mubarak was served a life sentence, justice was not fully served as many of Mubarak’s officials went free after carrying out orders to kill protesters during the height of the Arab Spring in 2011. Demonstrators were enraged that Mubarak’s life was spared with a soft jail sentence as thousands of family members of revolutionaries killed under the regime took to the streets.
Protesters in Tahrir Square are raising tensions leading up to Egypt’s first free presidential election, in which former Mubarak prime minister Ahmed Shafiq is grasping the lead ahead of Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood. Revolutionary candidate Hamdeen Sabahi lost in the first round of elections last month.
Anti-regime demonstrators fear Saturday’s sentence could prove that the Mubarak era of oppression is not over and may even continue with a vengeance if Shafiq is elected.
“This was not a fair verdict and there is mass rejection of the judge’s ruling,” said one protester, Amr Magdy. “Tahrir will fill up again with protesters. In Egypt the only way you can get any justice is by protesting because all the institutions are still controlled by Mubarak figures.”